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Scenic Splendour

From Auckland to Christchurch, enjoy a 19 day journey through New Zealand. Visit Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Franz Josef and enjoy a Milford Sound cruise.

19 Day
From (AUD)
$ 8,195
  • 2018/2019 Auckland > Christchurch

    The land of the long white cloud

    Witness the wonders of spectacular New Zealand on your 19-day tour across North & South Islands. From Auckland to Wellington, end your trip in Christchurch.

    After falling in love with Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’, you’ll explore ‘Middle Earth’ before taking in the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. Continue with a visit to Wellington before hopping on a ferry to the South Island. Sample crisp Sauvignon Blanc in its place of origin and marvel at diverse marine life along the east coast before arriving in Christchurch. This city will delight with its resilience and positive outlook before you take one of New Zealand’s great train journeys – the TranzAlpine. Franz Josef Glacier is a highlight, as is the energy and passion of Queenstown. Milford Sound is simply breathtaking and waking up to the view of Mount Cook will be a treasured memory for years to come.

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    19 Days

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  • 19 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Auckland

      Kia ora and welcome to Auckland for your overnight stay.

    • Day 2 - Auckland > Rotorua

      Lose yourself in ‘Middle Earth’ on your visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Travelling through the rolling farm land of the Waikato, arrive in Rotorua, home of M-a ori culture and bubbling mud pools. Explore the National Kiwi Trust’s kiwi hatchery and nursery on a guided tour. Enjoy your two night stay at  Rotorua.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 3 - Rotorua

      Be amazed by Rotorua’s unique geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia.


      Witness a sheep show or take an amphibious duck tour of Rotorua’s city and lakes. Alternatively, relax in the geothermal pools or travel via gondola to Skyline Rotorua for extensive views over the city and winetasting.

      Immerse yourself in Maori traditions and culture at your authentic hangi dinner tonight.

      Optional Flight 
      Take a flight to Mount Tarawera including a volcanic landing. (Additional expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Rotorua > Napier

      Hear and see the force of nature at Huka Falls before cruising magnificent Lake Taupo. Enjoy your overnight stay in Napier.


      Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner tonight at Mission Estate or similar in the award-winning Hawke’s Bay wine region.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Napier > Wellington

      Take a walking tour through Napier’s Art Deco buildings, view the famous landmarks of Napier on a vintage car tour or discover a diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife at the Napier Aquarium.

      Explore the nation’s capital Wellington during your two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Wellington

      Uncover Wellington’s sights on your city tour before visiting the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa.


      Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand’s land and people, told with authority and passion.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 7 - Wellington > Blenheim

      Travel in the premium lounge on the ferry across the Cook Strait to start your discovery of the South Island.


      Choose wine tasting at the home of Sauvignon Blanc or visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

      Stay overnight in Blenheim.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Blenheim > Christchurch

      Drive along the spectacular east coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Your base for the next two nights is Christchurch.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 9 - Christchurch

      Go punting on the Avon River, take a tour of the Botanic Gardens or see Christchurch by open top bus. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is yours.

      Freechoice Dining

      Experience a Kiwi home-hosted dinner with a local family or enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.


      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

      Join the TranzAlpine for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier before your overnight Special Stay.

      Optional Flight
      Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of this natural alpine landscape. (Additional expense.)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Franz Josef > Queenstown

      Enjoy a ride on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 12 - Queenstown

      Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River, or for a more leisurely pace, take a guided tour of local wineries. Enjoy a walking tour with scenic views across the lakeshore. Alternatively, take the Shotover Jet, a 4WD at Skippers Canyon or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings filming locations.

      Freechoice Dining

      Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown or simply relax at the hotel’s restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Queenstown

      A free day to discover Queenstown.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 14 - Queenstown > Milford Sound

      In the darkness of Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glow worms. Tonight, you’ll sleep surrounded by the majesty of Milford Sound on board the Milford Mariner. Anchor in a sheltered cove where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the area in a small boat or kayak.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Milford Sound > Dunedin

      Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Later, travel to Dunedin for two nights.

      Freechoice Dining

      Choose between Speight’s Brewery, Etrusco and the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Dunedin

      Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, cruise Otago Harbour or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - Dunedin > Mount Cook

      Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel in Mount Cook.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Mount Cook > Christchurch

      Perched on the edge of Lake Tekapo is the Church of the Good Shepherd. Experience this famous vista before arriving back in Christchurch for your Special Stay. Celebrate your adventures of the South Island during an iconic tram ride and farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Christchurch

      It’s time to bid farewell to new friends and the wonders of New Zealand.

      Meals included: Breakfast